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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?



Recommended by: Busy Philipps (Actress)

A great choice for Japanese in Studio City, this spot is a hidden gem tucked into a non-descript strip mall and has some of the freshest fish around. Those in-the-know drop by Asanebo for Chef Tetsuya Nakao’s revered omakase.

Barrel & Ashes

Recommended by: Jeannie Mai (TV Personality)

Barrel & Ashes marries bourbon and barbecue together in a barnyard-esque communal restaurant in Studio City. Long-smoked brisket, “The Best Damn Chick’n Sandwich Ya Ever Hand”, spareribs and pulled pork are some of the most alluring of the edibles, while libations include barbecue-friendly cocktails and an extensive list of beers. Make a Reservation.

Bea Beas

Recommended by: Jeannie Mai (TV Personality)

Located in an inconspicuous strip mall is Bea Bea’s, a breakfast haven that’ll get people out of bed with little struggle. The casual and reasonably-priced restaurant’s mantra is “breakfast is everything,” so expect to find a menu filled with all-day-breakfast delights such as pancakes, waffles, French toast and nearly every variation of omelets imaginable.


Black Market Liquor Bar

 Recommended by: Theo Rossi (Actor)

‘Top Chef’ alum Antonia Lofaso brings her unconventional, globally-varied bites to this modern-industrial Studio City gastropub. As its name suggests, Black Market boasts an all-star cast of craft cocktails, which make this a great late-night spot.



Recommended by: Hannah Marks (Actress)

This quirky, knickknack-filled Japanese eatery offers a wide array of stews, rice bowls & sushi. Dubbed Japanese-soul food, the food has a distinctly Hawaiian influence. It’s like going to eat at your grandma’s – if your grandma had an incredibly cool living room and intensely flavored broths.



Recommended by: Lyn Paolo (Costume Designer, ABC’s Scandal)

This is a great American Nouveau spot with a variety of spaces including a library, outdoor space, multiple patios and a fun bar to camp out at. Mixing both a neighborhood and sceney feeling, Firefly is good for a night out, a first date, or just a casual dinner with friends.



Recommended by: Victoria Justice (Actress)

This popular Indian restaurant in Studio City is widely considered to be some of the best in Los Angeles. The intimate space has been in existence since 1984, and has since become an LA staple for Indian specialties like Chicken Tikka, Samosas, Vegetable Korma, and many other delicious vegan and vegetarian options.



Recommended by: Ilan Hall (Chef/Owner, The Gorbals)

Chef CJ Jacobson of Top Chef creates the seasonally inspired menu at this sleekly decorated restaurant. As a nod to his roots at Copenhagen’s Noma, the space and dishes are minimalist in nature, ultimately creating a rustic-refined menu and atmosphere. Make a Reservation.


Hugo’s Restaurant Studio City

Recommended by: Alexandra Daddario (Actress), Catherine McCord (Weelicious), Erica Domesek (P.S. – I Made This), Laura Benanti (Singer/Actress), Pilar Guzman (Editor-in-Chief, Condé Nast Traveler), Rutina Wesley (Actress), Jake Lacy (Actor), Lorenza Izzo (Actress), Natasha Lyonne (Actress)

With three locations in the LA area, this archetypal diner is the perfect cure for a big, hearty weekend brunch. Parenthood Actress Alex Daddario told The New Potato she favors Hugo’s brunch for their “extensive and interesting menu with something to offer everyone, including vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free options.” This is the kind of joint you can [...]


In-N-Out Studio City

Recommended by: Teague Moriarty (Chef/Co-Owner, Sons & Daughters), Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer), Nate Appleman (Finalist, The Next Iron Chef), Nev Schulman (Host/Executive Producer, Catfish

Originally started in SoCal, this delicious burger chain has engendered a cult-like following for its mouthwatering burgers, fries, and special sauce that’s slathered over the patties, and also fries if you choose. Although the chain has expanded outside of SoCal, it still largely remains in America’s Southwest, where it services a huge crowd of fans [...]



Recommended by: David Burtka (Actor), Melissa Joan Hart (Actress)

Think of Kiwami as the upscale Japanese sushi and tapas sibling of local favorite Katsu-ya. Beautifully prepared small plates and top-quality sushi and sashimi wow guests that include some of Hollywood’s most elite. If you’re really looking to treat yourself, try to snag a spot at the nearly impossible to reserve priatve omakase with chef Katsuya [...]


Loteria Grill Studio City

Recommended by: Ty Burrell (Actor)

A staple in Los Angeles for great and authentic Mexican, Loteria Grill offers a casual and fun atmosphere with delicious tacos. With multiple location throughout Los Angeles, this restaurant is one of the highlights of the Mexican food scene in the city. Make a Reservation.


Mantee Cafe

Recommended by: Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Actress)

This family-owned restaurant in Studio City serves up a wide variety of home cooked Mediterranean and Lebanese dishes in a casual and cozy environment. Many of the dishes are meant to be shared, and the restaurant’s backyard garden is the perfect spot to dine outside with friends and do just that. Make a reservation.


Sun Café

Recommended by: Lindsey Stirling (Musician)

The organic and plant-based café offers a made-to-order menu, which means dishes will take a little extra time to get to your mouth but the result is worth the wait. With an atmosphere that’s both cozy yet elegant, Sun Café has become a favorite spot for most vegetarians (and many meat-eaters too) in Los Angeles. [...]